Kate Bush Biography Sheds Light on Her 'Stable' and Reclusive Private Life
There is no question that Kate Bush is an artist who can be best described as an original. She hasn't toured consistently since 1979 and prior to 2011, she's recorded only three albums in the last 22 years.
After nearly six years since her last record, 'Aerial,' the 52-year-old Bush recently returned with her new work, 'Director's Cut,' which is out now and nearly toppled Adele from the top of the UK charts. It's a collection of reworked songs from two of her previous albums, 1989's 'The Sensual World' and 1993's 'The Red Shoes.'
The new record comes on the heels of a recent unauthorized biography, 'Under the Ivy: The Life and Music of Kate Bush,' by British writer Graeme Thomson, who has covered Bush for the UK paper the Guardian. "It's fascinating to hear someone who hasn't played her songs live since 1979," he tells Spinner of the new record, "and has very little history of revisiting her back catalog in any way to put her songs in new context, sometimes quite radically."
Thomson believes Bush's decision to revisit these songs for 'Director's Cut' was due to her unhappiness with the dated and cluttered aspects of those two albums. "She has frequently stuck up for the songs on those two records, which have -- in particular 'The Red Shoes' -- not always been viewed positively," he says. "Clearly she felt strongly enough that she could improve them, and I think by and large she has succeeded. It may also be that she felt she couldn't fully focus on new material until this issue had been resolved."
The book, which features interviews